Stuck Between Breakfast and Lunch

Regular readers are probably aware of our ethos, but if you’re just surfing in from GOOGLE or www.bringbackdawsonscreekormywifewillbeunbearable.com, I should probably put things in context for you. For without understanding our methodology it is easy to move on down the road looking for something a bit more flashy and a bit less candid. This isn’t a criticism of those places, we certainly visit them frequently, rather, this is a companion to those sites. A stripped down sucker punch showing the readers our life in a very real way, without a façade of glamour (we wouldn’t know how to start), without theatrical staging (we don’t have the room), and without the hair and make-up (my hair is thinning rapidly and Freya has delicate skin).

There have been occasions when we’ve considered censoring ourselves and not revealing so much about what makes us tick, but this just isn’t our thing. We’ve written things in our blog, which may be considered unrelated to food and the food community and wondered sometimes how many people will be alienated by those revelations. It’s true that we may have scared a few readers away with this approach, but we’ve decided that the benefits of integrity far outweigh the trappings of popularity. This is the reason that regular readers have learned that we would rather watch films about junkies than a romantic comedy, that we enjoy music that most people consider un-listenable, that our taste in literature is somewhat eclectic, and that our heroes are all nihilistic, reprehensible, or, at least, a bit naughty.

All of this runs somewhat perpendicular to the demographic of our core readership. There are exceptions, Jeff from C for Cooking, for instance, is a bit freaky. But fortunately for us, we’ve slowly captured an audience who have come to see us as we would like to be seen, loveable eccentrics pursuing a purity in the kitchen, which will hopefully negate the deeply disturbing aspects of all other outlets in our shared life.

So where is all of this leading to you ask? That’s simple and probably a bit unrelated, but I’ll figure an angle before this post is through, don’t you worry about that. It’s yet another meme! Yes, we’ve done tonnes of these things and yes, they do provide necessary filler material for bloggers, you’re probably one yourself, who occasionally can’t be motivated to cook and write about food. There’s nothing wrong with this. Nobody can be expected to be “on” all the time. We barely make it through each week even sharing the duty (well, I’ve kind of been muscled out of the kitchen by Freya, but that’s not for here). This meme is different though. It is food related and cooking related and even eating related. It’s the Sunday Brunch Meme!

We were presented with this challenge by Gattina at Kitchen Unplugged and were happy to accept it knowing full well that the answers may surprise people. The rules are simple, “Create a post (on your blog/site) that speaks about your typical Sunday (holiday or free day, also accepted) breakfast/brunch. Take pictures of your table and write about it.” Freya decided this was best handled by my department as I’m generally in charge of Sunday cooking. That’s cool with me, I love Sundays and this one was extra special since it was a bank holiday weekend and we have Monday off!

So, I got up bright and early to get two little quails out of the freezer. I took them downstairs and pulled out the few stalks of feathers that poked out here and there. I put a pan of water on the stove and dropped the tiny birds in waiting for the water to boil. As the quail was cooking, I put some White Leicester cheese and a carrot in the food processor along with some left-over spaghetti I was saving just for this meal. I let the quail cool down and removed the biggest bones from the birds and dropped them into the processor as well. I then pulsed the whole lot briefly until it formed a frappe, scooped the finished product into bowls, called the dogs and enjoyed watching them devour their breakfast. Next, I went back to bed.

This is the greatest part of the week for me. The only window in a seven day week when we’ve got no responsibilities and no place to be and the dogs are otherwise occupied and not trying to effect a schism between Freya and me. It’s the only time in the week when we can cuddle up without being growled at or prodded by paws. We revel in this moment when nothing can invade our microcosm.

Time progresses, the news is still war and death, the True Movie Channel loses some appeal, the smell of the neighbours roast dinner is wafting through the inevitable cracks in a Victorian terrace house wall, and we fight temptation to quit our jobs and live every day like this. Finally, I get up and start making brunch, although it is technically, lupper, to use a Homer Simpsonism. Freya has home made chips liberally sprinkled with sea-salt and vinegar from the jar of pickled onions she made last autumn along with two fried organic eggs, preferably baby bantam eggs. I fry some very good organic streaky bacon, reserving the fat to cook the hashbrowns in. Bread goes in the toaster, eggs go in the pan. I always have my eggs over-easy. I eat out of a baking dish because it’s the most accessible. It’s now 8PM. So, what makes this brunch you ask? We’ve only been up since 6.

And that’s where the connection is. This is our shared life. We could have laid out lobster Thermidor and champagne with blinis and caviar and little melon balls and told you that this is our Sunday brunch. We may still do that one day. But we would rather just live our life in full view of our dear friends and visitors who come back for seconds and thirds and whose patronage we greatly appreciate.

I've been to the original brunch post and haven't seen any rules about how many people I'm supposed to pass this on to. So, let's think, who can I tag?
1. Amanda and family at the Little Foodie - she is on a multi-cultural-culinary-crusade so I'm sure weekend brunch in her household is never boring!
2. Katie from Thyme for Cooking - a fellow Wisconsonsite will always eat well for Brunch!
3. Passionate Eater who, asides for being a Milli Vanilli fan, is usually cooking up something interesting!

P.S. Here's a new picture of Max for my brother and sister-in-law who have been missing the little guy.

18 comments:

katiez said...

As soon as I saw the reference to 'hashbrowns' I knew this was not going to be an English breakfast, er, excuse me, brunch, er, lupper
What? No beans in tomato sauce?
I am going to follow your lead, however, and bare my brunch table (or lack there of) to the world.
Had me going with the quail - now my dogs are jealous.

Anonymous said...

Made me hungry reading it. Looks like standard breakfast fare--could be Fayze's hashbrowns in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Your lucky dogs. I am not going to tell Sam about it because he would be jealous. Max could pass for Sam who lives across the sea. Mother Across the sea.

Little Foodie said...

Who the (expletive) cooks quails in boiling water for breakfast? You got me there. Lucky pupsters! Love the idea of lupper. No way we'd be allowed to stay in bed all day - ah the memories! Would love to take up the tag, we're probably off to China from next Sunday so will try and do a Chinese b'fast. Usually we brunch with cardiac arrest food of sausages, bacon, fried eggs, or sometimes healthy poached eggs. Amanda

Joyce said...

Ah, Paul, you had me going with the dogs' meal!
I love one dish meals but when you added the quail to the processor with the cheese and pasta - my stomach did a flip-flop! I'm sure the dogs were in heaven, though!

Love your posts.

Kelly-Jane said...

I read this twice, and bits of it more as I attempted to establish if I display a façade of glamour; I haven't ever considered you to be perpendicular to myself. As in real life you either like people or you don't, no trappings really matter just if the basic bond is there ir not. Moving briskly on though!

Well, there is absolutley nothing wrong (in my book anyway) with being a little eccentric, or even a lot. It would be a really boring life otherwise!

Max is lovely btw.

Nora B. said...

Paul, I find myself checking your blog everyday because of the very reasons that you've mentioned. I also think both you and Freya have a great sense of humour. Don't change.

mooncrazy said...

So very close to our weekend lazy breakfast. Love Max and he looks as if he's about to lick the remnants off you collective chins, yours and Freya.

sarah said...

hey paul! breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. glad you were able to sleep in. :o) thanks so much for the picture of max! i love it...mark and alex will think it's great.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

You totally had me going with the quail! Your lupper looks great - I want that bacon. Definitely be real - for fake there's always People magazine.

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wheresmymind said...

I'm gonna take it as a high compliment that you think of me as freaky! All I know is that I think we'd all some groovy dinner partays if you lived close by and that's all that matters to me :D Well...that and we'd have a great time going to concerts together!

Cynthia said...

I knew there was a reason(s) why I love you people. You keep it real, everytime.

Hugs to both of you.

Susan said...

Well, we call it "slunch," and are slouches about it. Despite appearances, some of us may be less conventional than realized. ; )

Culinary Cowgirl said...

Okay, that photo (bacon, bread, etc...) has made me hungry! 8pm be damned :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Thanks for taking part to my "Sunday Brunch Meme" and event! Your brunch looks very interesting and yummy....

joey said...

Staying in bed all Sunday is a luxury worth a ton of lobsters and caviar! :)

As for brunches...chips with salt and vinegar, fried eggs, bacon, hash browns, and toast? Please pass that baking dish over here! That sounds good!

Passionate Eater said...

Thanks for the brunch tag! And I agree with all of the commenters: this blog is a breath of fresh air especially compared with the many other food blogs out there. "Zombie Snack" / "Writing at the Kitchen Table" has a knee-slappingly hilarious style of humor and is very well-written. I am definitely one of those who come back for seconds or thirds. :) Keep up the good work.

sher said...

That is my idea of the perfect brunch. And that bacon is to die for!!!!!!!